This is the journal of my endeavours to grow a range of fruit, veg and flowers from seed, grow organically, and my attempts to create a personal paradise with 1/2 acre of maintained gardens and 1/2 acre wild meadows. Northern Ireland's average daily high temperatures are 18 °C (64 °F) in July and 6 °C (43 °F) in January. Soil type: Clay

Friday, 10 March 2017

Wood Pallets and Vertical Planting

I love all the amazing projects using old (and new) wood pallets, like these vertical planters. So creative! Quite eye catching! And quite easy and fun to make.

Photo left, and most of those below, were taken at 'Bloom' garden show in Dublin (what a fantastic annual garden show - highly recommended.) They have inspired me to make my own vertical planter for the garden - however its now in winter hibernation and needs some TLC in the coming months before I freshen it up.

Above: My own little wood pallet planter made very easily and quickly (photo taken early summer), and easy to hang on an existing sturdy fence panel. The trailing petunia filled out over the summer and looked really good.

What a great way to recycle an old drinks crate!

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Monday, 6 March 2017

Gearing Up for Gardening

I've been in a deep Winter slumber and haven't been into the garden for several months. However, March is here and I've got the 'gardening bug' so I'm itching to get back out into gardening. Over the weekend I started my garden 'spring clean'. Lots of tidying to do.

I've been looking through magazines and old photos to get some inspiration. A few photos taken last year that give a bit of inspiration this time of year...

Pallet projects seem to be really popular in the UK and USA. These photos were taken last year at gardening shows and at a community garden. What a great way to recycle and have a bit of fun. Pallets are often free of charge so this is a great low cost way to add some new pieces to the garden!

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